Managing is a tough, complex business, everybody has an opinion, and it’s simplistic to point fingers. But for whatever reasons, “an octopus with no head,” is the metaphor that one independent accreditor used to describe Nevada Union High School leadership in a recent meeting during a preliminary assessment, according to my sources.
The Board of Trustees has been subject to criticism, too, with one union official calling for the President to resign. He declined.
Now comes a shakeup at Nevada Union High School, where Park Avenue Principal Mike Blake becomes principal of NU, replacing Marty Mathiesen, starting next year. Mathiesen voluntarily goes to Park Avenue, according to the district. And NU assistant Principal Cathy Peterson is expected to go to Bear River, my sources said.
There obviously is no legal issue of any kind, because all of the administrators are landing on their feet, with secure jobs.
Often “a fresh way of thinking” helps invigorate any institution.
I, for one, always think it’s good the embrace change. In our neck of the woods, we often are an insular bunch — in civic, government and business positions. It’s hard to be an agent of change.
Nevada Union remains a good high school and changes in the administrative ranks are not directly related to teaching the students.
I spoke to NUHS Superintendent Marianne Cartan, who declined to elaborate beyond this:
“The School Board took three actions in closed session on Monday, March 14, 2011:
1. The Board adopted Resolution #17-10/11 to reassign an Assistant Principal from his/her current position to a different Assistant principal position. This change will begin with the 2011/2012 school year.
2. The Board approved the request from a voluntary transfer submitted by the Principal of Nevada Union High School to move to Park Avenue Alternative Education Center in the position of Principal. This change will begin with the 2011/2012 school year.
3. The Board approved a Change of Status for the Principal of Park Avenue Alternative Education Center to the Principal of Nevada Union High School. This change will begin with the 2011/2012 school year.”
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